Showing posts with label BODHISATTVAS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BODHISATTVAS. Show all posts

Monday, September 19, 2016

On the Buddhas who manifest as Bodhisattvas

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva wearing Amida Buddha image
on Her crown, which signifies that She guides sentient beings
to Amida Buddha
Many members of our school do not fully understand the term Bodhisattva in Mahayana. Also, when we read the 22nd Vow of Amida, which is generally accepted to mean that we return to this world as fully Enlightened Persons or Buddhas to save all beings, some of us are puzzled that in the respective vow there is no mentioning of the word "Buddha", but only "Bodhisattva". This is why I dedicated many pages to the 22nd vow in my book, The48 Vows of Amida Buddha, where I show that, in fact, there is no contradiction between the two. The reason is that, in Mahayana, the term “Bodhisattva” does not only refer to a highly evolved person who is extremely close to Enlightenment, but also to a Buddha who manifests as  Bodhisattva. There is clear evidence for this in many Mahayana sutras, and also in the writings of various Buddhist masters. 
For example, in the Ojoraisan, Master Shan-tao himself presented Avalokitesvara as already enlightened:

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